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Key pledges in Fine Gael election manifesto

Key pledges in Fine Gael election manifesto

Friday 24 January 2020

Key pledges in Fine Gael election manifesto

The Fine Gael General Election manifesto, entitled A Future To Look Forward To, outlines the party’s pledges for the next five year.

The 100-page document includes commitments to:

– Introduce a fairer tax package, increasing the point at which a single person pays the higher rate of tax to 50,000 euro and to 100,000 euro for a couple.

– Raise the USC income exemption threshold from 13,000 euro to 20,500 euro.

– Create 200,000 jobs across the economy and in key public services – nurses, teachers, doctors and Gardai.

– Provide free GP care to under-18s, free primary school books and more paid parental leave.

– Reform the health service.

– Increase the state pension by 25 euro a week over the next five years.

– Recruit up to 700 gardai every year over the next five years and the implement Garda reforms.

– Phase out the charge to parents for the School Transport Scheme.

– Provide free hot meals in schools to a further 35,000 children every year.

– Extend parental leave by a further seven weeks.

– Increase current health funding of 5 billion euro over the next five years.

– Recruit 3,840 primary care workers.

– Recruit 5,000 nurses over the next five years.

– Expand the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme for a further five years.

– Introduce a 4% annual cap on rent increases within designated Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs).

– Introduce tenancies of indefinite duration to give renters greater long-term security.

– Ensure 60,000 social houses are provided over the next five years.

– Increase renewable electricity to 70% by 2030.

– Invest 8.6 billion euro in major public transport projects.

– Increase the thresholds and the subsidy rates of the new National Childcare Scheme.

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